Student Taylor Greenberg receives 2017 Pro Bono Service Award, Haley Coet and Reshma Pharsi receive honorable mention

(L-R): Chief Judge Anthony Rodolino, Taylor Greenberg and Judge Susan St. Peters.

(L-R): Chief Judge Anthony Rodolino, Taylor Greenberg and Judge Susan St. Peters.

Student Taylor Greenberg received the 2017 Pro Bono Service Award for Outstanding Service by a Law Student from the Sixth Judicial Circuit at the Pinellas County Justice Center in Clearwater on April 21. Stetson Law students Haley Coet and Reshma Pharsi won honorable mention awards for pro bono service.

Greenberg was honored for her dedication to the cause of pro bono service and commitment to helping the community. Greenberg has served as a Guardian Ad Litem for close to 20 children and teens since 2013, and is active in the 18th and Sixth Judicial Circuit. Greenberg launched Child Advocates of Stetson Law, a student organization on Stetson’s Gulfport campus that connects and recruits Guardian ad Litem volunteers.

“Pro bono work has been the most rewarding aspect of law school for me,” said Greenberg. “Pro bono work offers law students a real opportunity to make a measurable impact to those in need of legal services. It is a privilege to advocate for teens in the court system who have no one else to be a voice for them.”

A second-year student in the Social Justice Advocacy Concentration Program at Stetson law school, Greenberg was also honored for outstanding volunteer service at a special program recognizing the top candidates in the Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Pro Bono competition at Stetson in the fall.

Coet received placed first in Stetson law school’s inaugural Wm. Reece Smith Jr. Pro Bono competition this semester, and was honored for her outstanding volunteer service along with Greenberg and student Melody Jacquay.

Pharsi was a member of the moot court team that won honorable mention awards in three categories, for claimant’s memorandum, respondent’s memorandum and oralist, at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (East) Competition held March 27-April 2 in Hong Kong.

Stetson was the first law school in the state to require pro bono service of its students and faculty and one of the first law schools in the country to establish a pro bono service requirement for graduation. Stetson Law students donate an average of 30,000 public service hours every year.